Vase, porcelain, with a short foot, swollen cylindrical body and short neck with everted rim, poultry decoration painted onglaze in polychrome enamels on a sparse white reserve, one side featuring a crowing rooster with two hens, the reverse with a hen with two chicks, floral design on neck and foot in gilded enamels, gilt rim. Made by Hyochien and painted by Soga Tokumaru, Tokyo, Japan, 1878
Painted inscription under the base in red enamel, in characters translated as: "Dai roppyaku hachijuroku go" (= No. 686) / "Meiji juichinen junigatsu" (= 12th month Meiji = 1878) / "Nihon Tokyo" (= Tokyo, Japan) / "Hyochien sei" (= Made by Hyochien) / "Soga Tokumaru ga" (= Painted by Soga Tokumaru). There is also a paper label marked "Kioto 1878 / Kochiin matter" which was originally attached to the underside of the vase and which noe is attached to the blue file.